Fiber Patch Panel Used in Cabling System

As high-density cabling becomes a trend, it is crucial to realize the simple cable installation and tidy cable organization, which can make the network performance achieve high level. It is not difficult to find that in the fiber-based cabling system, intermediate link connections are usually made at fiber patch panels to accommodate reconfigurations. Using fiber patch panels allows for high-density instant device to device connectivity. This article will introduce some basic knowledge about fiber patch panel.

Overview of Fiber Patch Panel

First of all, let’s have a brief overview of fiber patch panel. Fiber patch panel, also known as the fiber distribution panel, is used to terminate the fiber optic cable while providing access to the cable’s individual fibers for cross connection. A fiber patch panel is usually composed of two parts, the compartment that contains fiber adapters, and the compartment that contains fiber optic splice trays and excess fiber cables.

Advantages of Fiber Patch Panel

Advantage 1. Fiber patch panel is commonly used as a fiber optic cable management unit. The network technicians can use fiber optic patch cable to cross-connect, connect to fiber optic communication equipment or test the individual fibers in the fiber optic cable.

Advantage 2. Fiber patch panel provides a convenient way to operate fiber optic cable connections by plugging in or pulling out the fiber optic patch cable. And selecting signals, arranging or rearranging the circuits can be easily realized without the use of expensive dedicated switching equipment.

Advantage 3. Fiber patch panel can be an opened box which can create a safe environment for the exposed fibers and fiber optic cables. In the meantime, it can leave a space for fusion splicing and connections of fiber optic adapter components.

Advantage 4. Fiber patch panel can help with the installation of fiber optic cables as well as increase the density of installation. Also, it can provide more convenience for organization and management.

Components Used in Fiber Patch Panel

There are three most common components used in fiber patch panel—LC adapter panel, MTP to LC cassette and MTP adapter panel. LC adapter panel is preloaded with LC duplex adapters and it requires trunk cables with LC termination. The LC adapter panel offers the lowest connector loss of any of the patch panel modules. MTP-LC module is also called an MTP to LC cassette and converts MTP trunk cable to LC connections. This module type has LC connectors in front and MTP connectors in back. MTP adapter panel is preloaded with MTP adapters and it supports MTP trunk cable. Each MTP connection supports 8-12 fibers. The MTP adapter panel can easily support 12 MTP connections and 144 fibers or more.

Application of Fiber Patch Panel

In the 1 rack unit (1RU) patch panel drawn in figure below, LC adapter panel, MTP-LC module and MTP adapter panel are supported. These three types of patch panels support trunk cables terminated with MPO or LC connections. The trunk cables plug in the back of the patch panels and LC or MPO patch cords connect to the front of the patch panel. This modular patch panel architecture enables easy installation and scales well. With standard LC interfaces, this modular patch panel architecture supports 36 LC connections in a 1U patch panel. A 42RU rack full of these patch panel modules can support over one thousand fiber optic ports (42X36 = 1,512 LC ports).

Fiber Patch Panels Connections


Fiber patch panels are used in fiber optic management. Installing and managing fiber optic links is a tough thing to do because there are several (hundreds or even thousands) fiber optic cables and cable connections to manage. The fiber patch panels help in eliminating all the wire clutter by offering space and protection for all the fiber cables and cable links that are needed to by the technicians in setting fiber optic links. These panels make cable management, as well as troubleshooting work, a lot easier. And I hope after reading this article, you can have a better understanding of fiber patch panel used in cabling system.

Do Not Look Down Upon Cable Tie

It goes without saying that cable management is an essential step for the whole cabling system. When carrying on cable management, there is a small component—cable tie, which is easily ignored by many people. As a matter of fact, the role of cable tie in cable management is as important as that of Phillips screwdriver in tool bag. The figure below shows the neat and tidy cabling system with the use of cable ties. So do not look down upon cable tie. This article will guide you to know more about cable tie from its applications, advantages as well as factors to consider when choosing cable ties.

cable ties


Because cable tie is low in cost and easy to use, it has been used in a wide range of applications. Followings are five common applications of cable tie.

Application one: Cable tie can be used to bundle cables firmly. You can make minute adjustments on the cable tie to realize bundling cables with different sizes.

Application two: Cable tie can be used to organize cable bundles. In addition, cable tie with an outside flag design is helpful to separate and identify different cables.

Application three: Cable tie can be used as clip for holding cables, tubing and hoses. And cable tie can do this well in limited space.

Application four: Cable tie made of special material with high performance can be used in hash environment where cables have to be exposed to high temperature, UV rays, rain, salt water and so on.

Application five: Cable tie can also be used in household applications, such as placing and fixing tools in the garage.


Cable tie obtains several advantages that help to achieve successful cable management.

Avoid injury: Keeping bundled cables affixed to server racks or hangers helps data center managers avoid being hurt like tripping, which would cause body injury.

Protect cables: Cable tie can protect cables from damage caused by excessive tension, keep the shape of cables, and guarantee the high performance of network.

Save money: Cable tie is low in cost which can save money for other investments on the cabling system.

Identify cables easily: With all the cables organized neatly, data center managers can identify and manage cables easily.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Cable Ties

There are various types of cable ties available on the market, such as plastic cable tie, velcro cable tie, nylon cable tie, stainless steel zip tie and so on. And different types are designed to meet different requirements in the application. Therefore, it is necessary to take some factors into consideration when choosing cable ties.

Material: Cable ties are available in different materials with their own specific properties. In addition, the selection of material is directly related to the environment where cables runs. Cable ties made of some materials can be used in outdoor environment while others can be only used indoor.

Design: Cable ties have different designs of construction, such as self-locking, ID marker and so on. They can provide a convenient using way to satisfy different needs.

Length: The length of cable tie length should be longer than the diameter of the cable bundle. It cannot be too long or too short.


Although cable ties look inconspicuous, the importance of these cheap components can not be looked down upon. It can do an amazing job for making messy cables well-organized. Thus, it is greatly favored by data center managers. I hope this article can help you have a better understanding of cable ties and choose the suitable type of cable tie for your application. FS.COM provides the cable ties mentioned above and some other products for cable management, such as cable management panel. If you want to know more details, please visit our site.

Three Main Types of Cable Ties

As we all know, proper cable management is a critical step to make the whole cabling system work smoothly. As necessary components to manage the cable and ensure the system work, racks, frames or panels can be frequently found in the data centers. While there is another small but useful tool—cable tie. It is very easy to be forgotten, but actually it plays an important role in cable management. So how much do you know about cable tie? What’s the function of the cable tie? Is it just strip for holding cables? To better understand the cable tie, this article will introduce the basic knowledge of the cable tie and three main types of cable ties.

Overview of Cable Tie

Before we come to three main types of cable ties, let’s have a brief overview of cable tie. Cable tie, also known as zip tie, wire tie, is designed to quickly fix wire bundles and components without slipping. Because it is low in cost and easy to use, cable tie is commonly used for managing wiring applications.

Three Main Types of Cable Ties

There are three main types of cable ties available on the market, which are made of different materials—nylon, stainless steel and velcro.

Nylon Cable Tie

Nylon cable tie is characterized by proper hardness, high temperature resistance, high toughness, high abrasion resistance, light weight, good flexibility, low cost and so on. It is a kind of common cable tie which can even be found in our daily life. For example, it is often used for bundling in home cabling. However, the environment must be paid much attention to when using nylon cable ties. They should be stored in cool dry areas and protected from direct sunlight. In this way, the performance level of nylon cable tie can be improved. Here is a figure of nylon cable ties used for cabling system, from which we can find that nylon cable ties help a lot to make the cables well-organized.

nylon cable ties

Stainless Steel Cable Tie

Stainless steel cable tie, also referred to as heavy duty zip tie, is made of high-quality stainless steel material which is much stronger and can make tensile strength reach 400 pounds or more. This kind of cable tie is characterized by high strength, high temperature resistance and anti-corrosion, which is a good option for applications in harsh environment. The using way of stainless steel cable ties is different from using other types of cable ties. You just need to pass the stainless steel end through its self-locking mechanism which is designed to provide firm locking for the cables. The following figure shows the structure of stainless steel cable tie.

stainless steel cable ties

Velcro Cable Tie

Velcro cable tie, also called hook and loop cable tie, is made from soft hook and loop material. It can adjust tightness and can also be reused for many times—the opening and closing operation can reach 10,000 times. Characterized by reusability, high reliability and aesthetics, velcro cable tie is more and more popular with data center managers. When it comes to using way, velcro cable tie is very easy to use for quickly fixing wire bundles and components. In simple words, when putting the hook side and loop side together, there will be natural sticky force; when pulling them with a force, the two sides will naturally separate. What’s more, velcro cable tie is available in a variety of sizes, styles and colors. Here is figure showing several rolls of velcro cable ties with different colors.

velcro cable ties


As a cost-effective tool for cable management, cable tie is useful to make messy cables well-organized, which can enable higher performance of the whole cabling system. Therefore, it becomes more and more popular in high-density cabling systems. If you want proper cable management and normal cabling system, you are suggested to choose one of the most suitable type of cable tie for your cabling system according to the information of three main cable ties mentioned above. By the way, nylon cable tie, stainless steel zip tie and velcro cable tie, these three main types cable ties mentioned above are available on the market. FS.COM provides different configuration types of cable ties, such as self-Locking Nylon Cable Tie, ID Marker Cable Tie, T Type Velcro Cable Tie, etc. If you want to know more details, please visit our site.